IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum begins in Pakistan
The 7th International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Conservation Forum , one of Asia’s most important nature conservation events – Started on 14 Nov. Under the theme of “Greening Asia for Nature and People”, the forum will focus on themes related to nature-based solutions to address societal challenges. The Forum was inaugurated by the Pakistan Prime Minister H.E.Imran Khan and is co-hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan and IUCN through the National Committee of IUCN members in Pakistan. The event happens once in every four years and witnessed huge participation of delegates from governments, NGO, research and academic institutions from South, East and Southeast Asian. Asia accounts for 60% of the world’s current population. It also has the highest growth rate today and is home to nearly half of the world’s poorest people, rendering poverty a key issue to be addressed. According to World Bank’s report in 2018, of the 783 million extremely poor who live below the poverty line, 33% live in South Asia and 9% live in East Asia and the Pacific. Discussions from the Asia Regional Conservation Forum will help shape conservation action for the next decade, as it will feed into the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which will be held in Marseille, France in June 2020.